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Reaction to the Wolves game

by Sam Peoples

Evans has been impressively consistent this season and continued his fine form today. Photo: Toby Melville (Reuters)

1. Team supreme. 26 points out a possible 28? What a performance, probably the best of the second half of the season. There is no better tonic to getting dumped on by Bilbao than a highly convincing win in a game that seemed tough on paper. We lost last season at Molineux and anticipated a fierce fixture today, which couldn’t of been further than the truth.

The game was dead and buried when half time blew because we finally didn’t sit on our laurels after netting a goal. Time and time again this season, we have suffered because of sitting back after going ahead in the game and that complacency is probably the single biggest contributor to our dismal European campaign this season.

I don’t think anybody deserved the man of the match award today because it was such a great team effort. Nobody got complacent and that allowed us to punish a lacklustre Wolves. Those five goals might be massive in this title race and with City facing a tough trip to Chelsea on Wednesday, we have set ourselves up nicely with a four point gap at the top. Come on rentboys, do us a favour.

2. Evans kicks the duck. Jonny Evans finally netted his first goal for United after going 118 games without scoring with a well taken half volley in the six yard box. His jubilation was there for all to see and it is the least he deserved after what has been an excellent season for the much debated Northern Irish international.

When Vidic ended his season with a cruciate injury, I thought we were doomed. A new goalkeeper and now no captain? The only way was down, right?

Evans has, however, more than deputised for Vidic and is now one of the first names on the team sheet. He has become more dependable than he has ever been and has cut out his traditional once-a-game-cock-up and replaced it with stalwart and mature defensive performances.

Ferdinand has become the more likely defensive partner to provide a cock-up, such is the transition that Evans has forced. If he can keep this form up once Vidic has returned, then I think United will be sitting pretty with a defensive partnership that has all the potential to be fantastic.

3. Valencia is unstoppable. Is he man or machine? I sometimes wonder. Quite how Tony keeps returning from injury and immediately slams his engine into fifth gear is simply incomprehendable.

Today was no different, in fact it was probably his most impressive performance of the season. Rooney winning MOTM was a farce in the face of Valencia’s performance (not taking away from Rooney’s excellent game but Valencia was simply better).

Two assists and a breathtaking goal capped a complete performance that saw Valencia rip the full backs of Wolves apart. The amount of width he brings to United is unbelievable. When he doesn’t play, we just don’t carry the same attacking threat at all. Defenders are now scared to step in against Tony because of his blistering turn of pace.

Although Nani can be a game winner when he wants to be and Young has his moments, Valencia is easily our most important winger. When Rooney plays, he brings the best out of Valencia and when Valencia plays, he brings the best out of Rooney. It is a fruitful combination that has led to multitudes of goals in the past and looks ready to drive United forward in this impressive vein of form we are in.

4. Pogba is racking up appearances. It seems like Pogba must have brushed his contract troubles under the carpet as the youngster is now a regular substitute for the team and it is news that will bring a smile to the face of fans.

After inevitably losing Morrison earlier in the season, to potentially lose Pogba in the same season would have been hard to take, considering how much promise our FA Youth Cup winning team from last year possessed.

West Brom, Bilbao and Wolves mark three appearances in a row for the Frenchman and SAF looks ready to utilise the talents that he possesses. His earmarked move to Juventus must have died out because SAF wouldn’t be giving him the game time if he didn’t think he would be seeing more of it next season.

The culture of nurturing talent has always been one of my favourite assets of the club and I would of hated it if we had lost out on Pogba, so for me this is a massive turn of events. All I hope is that Pogba can get a goal in the next few appearances, starting breathing confidence into his game and then we will hopefully see the player that looked so special in the FA Youth Cup last season.

5. Welbeck’s versatility. Every time I see Welbeck has been pushed out wide left it angers me because of how wonderful he is when let loose in the centre. However, he impresses me wherever he plays.

His footwork, which is probably the strongest point of his game, is consistently superb. He is beyond his years in terms of how controlled he is in possession. The link-up play he provides with Rooney has been one of the strongest assets of our team this season and even when he is forced wide, it doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm to get forward and bring a threat.

A well taken goal today was the least he deserved after another barnstorming performance that saw him running the whole time he was on the pitch. That goal ends a mini drought for Danny and it will hopefully open the floodgates for the rest of the season.

We all love seeing the growth of an English youngster but the fact that he is Mancunian too just adds that extra spice on top.  He has grown into his own over the past 18 months and the world is his oyster now that he has established himself as a firm member of the United squad.

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